Lavenham History and Music Trail

27th July 2019 10:30 am

Lavenham History & Music Trails

Historic Lavenham History & Music Trails.
Walking and Bus tour (approx. duration 2.5 hours).
Come along and join us for a one-off fascinating insight which details the history of our jewel in the crown Village together with the little-known music stories that has surrounded this immediate iconic region.Please click on this link for an overview:

Lavenham, Suffolk is noted for its Guildhall, Little Hall, 15th-century church, half-timbered medieval cottages and circular walks. In the medieval period it was among the twenty wealthiest settlements in England Today, it is a popular day-trip destination for people from across the country along with another historic wool town in the area, Long Melford. Lavenham Church has always been the home of classical concerts but more recently has hosted popular concerts from Lindisfarne, The Manfreds featuring Paul Jones, Shalamar, Russell Watson, The Blues Band and Abba Gold! The Stylistics from USA have just announced they are playing Lavenham Church on 19th November – go to for more information.

Lavenham’s Market Square was a location for the 1968 Vincent Price film Witchfinder General. In 1986 a more contemporary film Playing Away, about a visiting cricket team from Brixton, was also filmed there. The Market Square is the setting of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1970 film Apotheosis. Other filmmakers who have used the village as a location include Stanley Kubrick and Pier Paolo Pasolini. In 2010, under conditions of strict secrecy, scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2 were filmed there. Lavenham is also the setting for the final episode of the mid-1990s BBC TV drama Lovejoy. The episode, which aired in December 1994, was titled ‘Last Tango in Lavenham’.

It is believed that the distorted, or “crooked”, appearance of many of the town’s buildings inspired the poem “A Crooked Little Man.

Come join us for an exclusive behind the scenes History and Music stories of Historic Lavenham Suffolk.

Long Term Resident with a career spanning over 40 years in the Music business Concert Festival and Tour Promoter JOHN HESSENTHALER is your tour guide for this very exclusive tour of Lavenham and Surrounding area. The tour commences after meeting in the Lavenham’s Market Square outside The Angel Public House. After approximating a 45 mins walk around Lavenham central village detailing the history of Lavenham being shown (with a photo opportunity) the house where Harry Potter was born.

We jump on board our coach and we regale music trails and little known music stories of Lavenham and surrounding area. We bring everyone in these stories from JACK BRUCE of legendary band CREAM, RICK WAKEMAN from YES, RUSS CONWAY, STEVE HARLEY, THE MILITARY WIVES choir, and Legendary DJ JOHN PEEL who started his UK career broadcasting on pirate radio station, Radio London, based 3 miles off Frinton-on-Sea coast and ended up living and broadcasting from his home in Gt Finborough and broadcasting live from his Garden with such name bands as U2 would you believe! Nearby Stowmarket also now houses the JOHN PEEL CENTRE. It’s all really fascinating and little known!

After describing in full John Lennon’s and Yoko Ono’s visit to Lavenham (and Long Melford) in 1969 where we commence the coach tour. We go to the nearby village of Gedding which has a historic Rolling Stones connection. We then move onto Preston St Mary. Does anyone remember the Swap Shop programme on BBC on Saturday’s morning in the 1970s – another story to tell! We then move onto to Monks Eleigh where there is a little-known private radio museum ‘Sounds of the Past’ housing an extensive collection of radios, record players and much more in a former United Reform Church. We spend some time looking around and talking with curator Paul Goodchild about the history of the many items and how he has accumulated such a fantastic collection. This usually opens to the public on the first Sunday of each month but is being opened exclusively for this tour and serves teas and coffees.

We return to Lavenham Market Square. ITS JUST NOT TO BE MISSED. Lavenham Tours is copywrite of oeplive @2019.

Click here  Extremely rare footage showing John Lennon and Yoko Ono taking off from Lavenham Market Square. Shows some great ariel views of the Market Square and surroundings areas of the village. Note the snow as it used to be in winters in 1970’s!

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Saturday, 27th July 2019
 10.30AM (Approx finish: 1.00PM) 
Tickets: £18.70 (inc booking fee)